New Orleans is one of the best drinking cities in the world, so obviously it is one of our favorite places to visit. When in the big easy, one of our very favorite places to stay and play is the Ace Hotel New Orleans.
We recently got a chance to hang with Sal Agnello, Beverage Director at the hotel, and Lisa Nguyen, the Bar Manager at Seaworthy, to get the insider’s guide to drinking the day away Ace cool kids style.
Ascend the elevator to a true paradise overlooking NOLA up at Alto. With lush gardens and perfectly rustic decor, Alto is the quintessential poolside bar experience.
From 10 am to 9 pm, you can soak up the sun, enjoy the bar and even set up shop for an office outdoor office if you are on business.
For cocktails, we recommend the Rosé Mojito with rum, lillet rose, mint, lime, sparkling rose, rose water and the Flower Show Punch with Pimm’s, ginger, grapefruit, lemon, soda. Of course, when you see a frozen machine, you order a frozen cocktail. We suggest the frosty Summer Daze with honeysuckle vodka, coconut, lemon, orange citrate bitters.
We suggest the frosty Summer Daze with honeysuckle vodka, coconut, lemon, orange citrate bitters.
Full disclosure, Seaworthy is one of our favorite restaurants in New Orleans. This spot is a seafood lover’s dream boasting locally sourced delights, insanely good oysters and superb cocktails by the lovely and talented, Lisa Nguyen.
Set in a classic Creole cottage built in 1832, Seaworthy is a partnership between Ace Hotel and the trio behind New York’s award-winning Grand Banks. The entire Seaworthy experience is transportive, but we suggest cozying up to the bar and ordering up a dozen Gulf Coast Oysters and a perfect 50/50 Martini.
Pro tip: they have an awesome Happy Hour Monday – Friday from 4pm to 6pm with discounted oysters, cocktails, High Life and rosé.
On the ground level of the Ace is the Italian inspired restaurant by James Beard Award-nominated chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman. Named after their daughters, Josephine Estelle delivers a New Orleans spin on an Osteria.
To accompany the banging pasta dishes, the cocktails are just as impressive – try the Voyager’s Swizzle with Bavarian arrack, rum, lime, and herb saint. Pro tip: head to the bar for their Happy Hour with $9 culinary dishes, $6 cocktails, and $5 beer and wine.
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